Saatchi & Saatchi #8
The other day I went to the Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, London, where they have Post Pop: East Meets West.
This is how the exhibition is described:
East Meets West examines why of all the twentieth century’s art movements, Pop art has had such a powerful influence over artists from world regions that have had very different and sometimes opposing ideologies.
Widely regarded as one of the most significant art movements of the last century, Pop Art exploited identifiable imagery from mass media and everyday life to reflect on the nature of the world we live in. This exhibition examines the relationship between western Pop Art and its lesser-known eastern counterparts including “Sots Art” in the Soviet Union and “Political-Pop” or “Cynical Realism”, which has flourished in Greater China since the turn of the twenty-first century.
I certainly love art in all it’s forms and as such have decided to share my experience with you. Online give us the opportunity to share the places we go to and the things we see, I for one would love to see some of the Exhibitions you might go to. I will post over the next few days the photos I took at the Exhibition, a series of Posts, called Saatchi & Saatchi # (whatever it is).
If you want to backtrack and look over past posts you will find it under my Arty Farty link here – Arty Farty
A little bit on the exhibits that might depict Sex & the Body as written by the Gallery:
Given it’s association with youth culture, and taking in to account the fact that most of the first generation of the op artists were male, it is not surprising that sex and the body were major subjects in Pop Art. The overt sexuality conveyed in the images of attractive and apparently available women was direct most often towards a male heterosexual viewer.
Whilst humour continues to play a role, many of the artists depict the body with a sexual frankness, offering it up as a site for sharp social and political commentary.
I don’t know if you can get the concept of size of these carved figurines but they were really very small on what seemed like a polished piece of stone or marble, either way the surface was incredibly smooth, shiny and lovely to look at.
The figurines were incredibly detailed and to carve such a thing out of one block a feat certainly beyond my imagination.
There were about 3 blocks of these, one seemed to be non-mature, with my poor eyesight I struggled to see what it was, it seemed to depict war/death & the colour of the stone bleeding red quite fitting I thought. The other figurines on the other blocks I could certainly tell what they were all about, no doubt though there is some deeper meaning I have not quite cottoned on to yet.
Gives a naive innocent expression there!
(I displayed these in a gallery but they don’t really do them justice at all, please click individually so you can see them properly if you so wish )
I actually really enjoyed these particular exhibits, didn’t find them vulgar at all and to me definitely dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s for the skill set and interest level I need to call it art, I might even have a smaller scale at home if it were within my price bracket and available, which of course it would never be.
What are your thoughts on this?
Mara, does this fit your risque criteria well enough? hehe
© Justine Nagaur